|Wednesday, January 14, 2016
From the President’s Desk: The State of Chicagoland’s Small Business Community
Small businesses: the backbone of our economy.
We interact with them every day; the family-owned deli across the street, your neighborhood auto mechanic, the tech startup that handles your company’s IT needs. We understand their importance, but do we really understand what they need to be successful in today’s uncertain economic climate?
That’s what we set out to discover last winter, when we released the results of our inaugural Chicagoland Small Business Economic Outlook Survey. That survey, which was conducted in partnership with Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business, was instrumental in providing us with vital information about local small businesses – information that helped shape our programs and policies to best suit the needs of our members and Chicagoland’s small business community.
This fall, we teamed up with the Quinlan School of Business again to conduct the second annual Chicagoland Small Business Economic Outlook Survey, and the results are fascinating. We will officially reveal our findings this Tuesday during our Small Business Reception: Celebrating Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Community event.
Join us Tuesday to be the first to see these insightful survey results, connect with local entrepreneurs and small business owners, and celebrate the positive impact startups and small businesses have had on Chicagoland’s business ecosystem. The event will feature networking as well as appetizers and craft beer courtesy of Horse Thief Hollow, the Beverly brewpub that won the 2015 James Tyree Award.
Click here for more information or to register.
I would also like to thank our partners that contributed to this survey, including the Better Business Bureau, Blue Daring, Constant Contact, and the Office of the City Treasurer.
We hope to see you next week!
Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce